8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: December 1

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

Run like Rudolph at the Reindeer Run

Immerse yourself in the merriest atmosphere possible at the 12th Annual Lions Club Reindeer Run 5K! This event is guaranteed to infuse you with holiday joy and encourages participants to don their best Santa hats or jingle bells as they dash towards the finish line. Every runner will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and a set of antlers, so sign up to celebrate the season or cheer on your neighbors.

Date: December 2 
Time: 8:30AM 
Cost: $40 
Location: Downtown Wheaton 
More info: wheatonparkdistrict.com

All Aboard for Festive Fun in Elmhurst

Hop on the Elmhurst Holly Trolley for a festive ride through a winter wonderland! Experience the magic of the season with twinkling lights, holiday decorations, and joyful carols. Santa makes a special appearance, and each stop offers merrymaking opportunities. Join the community for this cherished holiday tradition, a heartwarming adventure for all!

Date: Runs through December 30 
Time: 12PM-12AM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Downtown Elmhurst 
More info: exploreelmhurst.com

Winter Magic in Oak Brook

As the sun goes down, Central Park transforms into a winter wonderland with lots of twinkling lights at Winter Lights at Central Park. Take a stroll through the park, and you’ll spot dancing trees, rainbow arches, and so much more. It’s a beautiful walk with some holiday displays and is open to everyone, so bring the whole family!

Date: Runs through January 7 
Time: 4:30-9:30PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Central Park, 1520 Forest Gate Rd, Oak Brook 
More info: obparks.org

Walking in a Wrigley Christkindlmarket Wonderland

Wrigley gets winterized this season during Christkindlmarket Wrigelyville! Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as you indulge your favorite holiday treats (like the famous Glühwein) while strolling through the magical market under the shadows of Wrigley Field. Find and gift a one-of-a-kind glass-blown ornament, relish the flavors of a brat from a food stand, or bask in the delightful Christmas spirit that fills the air!

Date: Events runs through December 31 
Time: Varies by day 
Cost: $5+ 
Location: Gallagher’s Way Winter Wonderland, 3637 N Clark St 
More info: christkindlmarket.com

Go Wild at ZooLights

This bright and sparkly holiday tradition has returned to Lincoln Park Zoo! Snag your tickets for a fun night out for all ages with ZooLights. Come for the classic light displays and carousel, stay for the festive themed areas and features. Enjoy some hot cocoa (or spiced wine!) to keep warm as the lights dance to the tune of the Christmas music floating through the walkways.

Date: Runs Through January 7 
Time: 4:30 – 10:00PM 
Cost: $7+ 
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St 
More info: lpzoo.org

Jingle All the Way with Mariah Carey

Get ready for a spectacular celebration of the holiday season as the iconic Mariah Carey comes to Chicago on her enchanting Christmas concert tour! Join the Queen of Christmas herself as she takes the stage, delivering timeless classics and festive hits that are sure to fill your heart with joy. Experience the magic of Mariah’s voice while being wowed with dazzling holiday visuals and a festive atmosphere in the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year.

Date: December 3 
Time: 7:30PM 
Cost: $123+ 
Location: United Center, 1901 W Madison St 
More info: ticketmaster.com

Mingle and Jingle at the Santa Baby Christmas Bar

Step into the holiday wonderland at the Santa Baby Christmas Bar, where festive magic comes to life! Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere adorned with twinkling lights, decorations, and the spirit of the season. Sip on holiday-inspired cocktails that are as delightful as they are Instagram-worthy and indulge in the joyous ambiance that surrounds you!

Date: Runs through December 30 
Time: By reservation 
Cost: $5 cover charge 
Location: Bamboo Club, 3505 N Clark St 
More info: santababybar.com

The Nutcracker Reimagined

Experience the holiday magic with Immersive Nutcracker, brought to you by the creators of Immersive Van Gogh! Prepare for “The Nutcracker” as you’ve never witnessed before. Immerse yourself in stunning visual projections, life-sized art installations, and enchanting photo opportunities, all enhanced with magical special effects. This is a festive celebration that transforms the classic Nutcracker tale into a mesmerizing visual journey!

Date: Runs through January 7 
Time: Varies by day 
Cost: $10+ 
Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, 108 W Germania Pl 
More info: immersive-nutcracker.com

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